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Panther Academic Support Services, or PASS,
offers free academic support to UWM undergraduate students.
Our services, which include Supplemental Instruction, tutoring,
and academic coaching and resources,
are available for over 120 100- and 200-level classes.
All of our services are convenient and held at multiple locations campus-wide,
including the Golda Meir Library, Student Success Center,
and the UWM residence halls.
PASS also provides online and blended tutoring services.
PASS' wide range of services makes it easy for students to get involved.
Our tutors and SI leaders are top students
who understand course concepts and how to study in college.
Supplemental Instruction is awesome.
Great, in-depth experience
One thing I think is really unique about PASS, specifically with the
Supplemental Instruction program, is that you see the tutor in the class.
The tutor is actually making a connection with the teacher and knowing
exactly what's happening in class, which is going to add to the success
of the student who comes to use our services.
So many students in a big, large classroom don't have the opportunity
to ask the questions that they really need to ask in order to master the material,
so SI and tutoring really gives those students a chance
to approach the material in a more individual way.
And also it gives them the chance to interact with other students in their class
that they might not have the opportunity to interact with,
so that they can learn from each other, and not just by themselves.
PASS tutoring is a form of assistance where students can meet
with a peer tutor once a week, sometimes twice a week, for about an hour each time,
in small groups, generally between one and five students.
What it is, it is a supportive place for the student to review the material
with another person, with a person who has already taken the class
and is an expert in that class and enjoys discussing the material,
and explaining the material, and making sure that the student can explain
and understand the material also.
We have great tutors, they’re very knowledgeable,
and the great thing about our tutors is that they’ve taken the classes that we tutor,
so they understand where the students are coming from, and their main goal
is to help peers succeed.
The PASS online environment is what I would call a synchronous environment,
meaning that tutors and students interact at the same time, just from different locations.
We use something called a web conferencing platform, that allows the tutor and students
to communicate via voice, to communicate via type chat, to use interactive white boards,
to bring in videos; a whole assortment of different features.
Residence hall tutoring is very convenient for students.
It takes place in the Residence Halls, in the evening.
It helps students with their math classes, as well as their composition,
and it's convenient for them because while they're working on their homework
in their rooms, if they have difficulties, they can just walk in
and ask a tutor a question.
Whether you want to earn an A in your course,
or if your course is just challenging, PASS is here for you.
Study smarter, not harder
Get involved in active learning
Meet other students
Ensure your academic success with PASS
[laughs] What would I say to one considering it?
Very straightforward and simply, if you are considering it
then you have already taken the first step in making your academia go higher.
So just go ahead and go.